The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

False Dilemmas and Real Binaries: Patterns of Error in Logic and Rhetoric

  In his book SJWs Always Lie, Vox Day makes the important distinction between logic (the mental process by which we seek truth) and rhetoric (the language of persuasion). Both logic and rhetoric are skills necessary to statesmanship, because the political leader must first analyze the problems of public policy (logic), then explain the problem […]

Dear Tyler O’Neil …

  Politics is about winning. I understand that, and one of the main reasons I support Donald Trump is that, unlike so many Republicans, our president understands that. All your finest policy ideas count for nothing if you cannot win elections, and a certain ruthlessness about tactics is necessary to defeat the Democrats, who are […]

The Present Crisis

  “The liberties of our Country, the freedom of our civil constitution are worth defending at all hazards. And it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair Inheritance from our worthy Ancestors: They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and […]

The Eternal White Guilt Trip

Mark Bauerlein in American Greatness: “The deliberate national penance that most Germans take for granted offers a striking contrast with the ways American have confronted their own national crimes.” That’s a line from an article last month in The Atlantic. The article focuses on a supposedly sad divergence: while Germans have fully acknowledged their responsibility for […]

Eighteen Years Ago Today

  My wife woke me up and handed me the phone. My brother Kirby was calling: “Stacy, it’s terrorism. They hit the World Trade Center.” What the hell? I was an assistant news editor at The Washington Times, and my workday didn’t usually begin this early, especially on a Monday* after I’d worked the late […]

Hey, Kids: Communism Isn’t Cool

Why do so many young Americans hate their own country? Why does Hasan Piker think himself clever for obscenely smearing Dan Crenshaw as a warmongering tool of the “military industrial complex”? I blame Communism. In fact, I blame one particular Communist, Howard Zinn. When the FBI file on his Stalin-era association with the CPUSA was […]

‘Avenge the Patriotic Gore That Flecked the Streets of Baltimore’

During the Civil War, the Lincoln administration suppressed civil liberties in Maryland, where anti-war “Copperhead” Democrats were a majority. Both freedom of the press and the right of habeas corpus were denied to Lincoln’s opponents in Maryland and in April 1861, less than a week after the surrender of Fort Sumter, there was a riot […]

Forgotten History for a Sunday in July

  Most Americans have never heard of the Battle of Kettle Creek, fought in Wilkes County, Georgia, in February 1779. The British had captured Savannah two months earlier, and in January moved upriver to take Augusta. The British began recruiting and arming local Tories. By February, Lt. Col. John Boyd led a force of about […]

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